Insurance, Legal Issues, and Who Pays for Hospice?
Creating the Right Custom Care for your loved ones in your time of need.
For most hospice patients, the cost of hospice care is fully covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit (under Medicare Part A, or hospital insurance). The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides a daily allowance to the hospice organization. In turn, the hospice organization pays for all medical services, medications, durable medical equipment, supplies and treatments related to managing your serious illness and approved as part of your individual plan of care. The hospice plan of care focuses on comfort, rather than curative, measures.
Like Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies also provide coverage for hospice care and services. Private insurance benefits, deductibles and co-insurance requirements may vary by plan and are therefore reviewed and communicated on an individual basis.
For those not eligible for coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, or for those who desire services for symptom control while pursuing curative treatment, Hospice & Community Care offers our Fee Reduction Program. Supported by community donations, the Fee Reduction Program works to ensure that everyone in the community has access to quality care and comfort when coping with serious illness and loss. Eligibility and Admissions:
Since no one can predict the course of a serious illness, there is no limit on the number of days a patient can receive hospice care.
Paying For Hospice Care
Hospice is covered by most private insurances including HMO’s so we accept eligible hospice patients, regardless of their ability to pay, based on the availability of funds donated by individuals, businesses and foundations in the community.
If your family or your physician wants more information about hospice care, contact The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.